Tonic Pupil is a term whose meaning is the same as Adie's Pupil.
It is also known as:
- Adie's Tonic Pupil,
- Adie Syndrome and as
- Holmes-Adie's Syndrome, among other names.
Affected pupils are "dilated", that
is the dark/black central "pupil" is larger than normal,
due to damage to the nerves to the ciliary
muscle (of the eye) and the iris (of the eye).
Tonic Pupils react abnormally poorly to changes in light level.
Tonic Pupils are also characterized by high sensitivity to dilute 0.1% pilocarpine drops - which barely affect normal pupils but cause marked constriction (reduction in size) of Tonic Pupil.
This condition is not life-threatening.
Both eyes may be affected (bilateral) but in most cases only one eye is affected (unilateral).
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